Al-Qaeda top brass, Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in by the United States on July 30. U.S President Joe Biden has come up in the public and shared the news on Tuesday.
In an address on Monday evening (local time) from the White House, President Joe Biden – who was the Vice President under Barack Obama at the time of the bin Laden operation – confirmed that Zawahiri, too, had been eliminated.
The drone that carried out the strike to kill al-Zawahiri was done by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Here’s how the series of events took place as CIA gunned down Zawahiri.
Al-Qaeda leadership reportedly plays an advisory role with the Taliban, and the groups remain clos.
Zawahiri family – his wife, daughter and grandchildren – had relocated to a safe house in the Afghan capital. He himself was identified to be present at the same location.
In the past few years, the CIA built a pattern of terrorist’s daily life of how he is living his daily life.
Subsequently, they briefed senior officials of the Biden administration, including Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor, who, in turn, briefed the President.
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While on the other hand, Biden chaired a series of key high-level meetings. The top brass-level meeting was confidential and the operation to kill al-Qadea head, without threatening the structural integrity of the building, and at the same time, minimise the risk to civilians and the terrorist leader’s kin.
A final meeting was held on July 25 during which the President approved a ‘precise tailored airstrike’ on the condition of minimum risk of civilian casualties.
At 9:48pm ET on July 30 (7:18am on July 31, as per IST) the operation was carried out. A CIA drone launched ‘hellfire’ missiles, killing al-Zawahiri on the balcony of the house.